When Deputy Brian Bussell entered the Butler County, Ohio, jail on Sunday morning, he quickly knew that something was amiss.
“I know our visitation is at 9 a.m., and I saw the lady and the two young children sitting in the chairs,” Deputy Bussell said. “I assumed they were here to visit someone in our jail. When I walked back out a while later, the children were asleep, and the lady was still sitting there, so I inquired if she needed assistance.”
That’s when, according to WSB, Bussell changed from protecting the community by enforcing the law to serving the community by helping its people out.
The woman said that she had recently been evicted from her apartment, along with her children. She was wondering if the police could somehow help her find housing, since she had nowhere to go.
The deputy and some of his assistants initially tried to find space in shelters, but with no luck.
“Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that,” Bussell said.
That’s when Bussell paid for a 10-night stay at a local hotel for the family — out of his own pocket. And that wasn’t all. He also took the family to Walmart and then bought clothes for them, again with his own money.
“This is a true act of kindness,” Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones told reporters.
Such is Deputy Bussell’s nature that he didn’t even tell his colleagues about it. The sheriff’s department found out about it after a picture the woman had snapped of the deputy with her children made the rounds on social media.